North Korea attempted a missile launch Wednesday morning but it failed almost immediately, U.S. military officials and South Korea said.
“A missile appears to have exploded within seconds of launch,” U.S. Pacific Command spokesman Dave Benham said in a statement. “We are working with our interagency partners on a more detailed assessment. We continue to monitor North Korea’s actions closely.”
The launch comes a day after Kim Jong Un’s regime issued an ominous warning of a potential pre-emptive strike after a test over the weekend of a new advanced rocket engine.
“The world will soon witness what eventful significance the … recent ground jet test of Korean-style high-thrust engine will carry,” North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said Tuesday via state-run news agency KCNA. “The nuclear force of [North Korea] is the treasured sword of justice and the most reliable war deterrence.”
South Korea also confirmed the failed launch and said it was analyzing what type of missile was fired, a South Korean military official confirmed to NBC News.
North Korea conducted two nuclear test explosions and 24 ballistic missile tests during 2016, and experts say it could have a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland within a few years.
Asked by NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell whether North Korea’s threat of pre-emptive military action represents a dangerous escalation, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson replied: “No comment today, thank you.”
Poor North Korea man. One day they’re threatning the US with have a massive attack. The next they’re almost blowing themselves up for the millionth time. They try their hearts out to be the Big Bad Boys of the World too. I’ll give them that. They talk the talk. Sort of walk the walk. The only person who hypes themselves up more than North Korea is Lavar Ball talking about his family. And Lavar’s been the top story of every sports news outlet for some reason so I guess that’s good company to be in. But at the end of the day they’re just little guys fighting a grown mans fight.
If North Korea was challenging one of those countries in the pacific who can’t build up any real military because they get wiped out by a tsunami every 5 years then yeah, maybe another failed missile attempt doesn’t seem that bad. It’d be just a minor setback for a major comeback. But having it happen while threatning the US proves they aren’t ready. They’re basically the Rudy Ruettiger of the World at this point. All heart with no actual ability to perform. They’ll get their time to shine though. It’s coming. The rest of the world will feel bad at some point and turn in their missiles until North Korea successfully launches one.